Ligue 1 side St Étienne have this afternoon announced the signing of 18-year-old French youth international midfielder Adil Aouchiche on a free transfer from PSG (excluding youth formation fees).
This is a major coup for Claude Puel, who convinced the teenager to reject a number of Europe’s elite, including Dortmund, Barcelona and Arsenal, in order to join their project, on an initial three year contract with the automatic option to extend by a further year to come into effect next summer.
“It is with immense pride that I sign with St Étienne. I am joining a great club in Ligue 1, which is carried by the fervour around it. The supporters are magnificent. The city breathes football. I made the right choice. This passion provides a lot of strength. I will give my all.”